In preparation of a chocolate-themed birthday party (who’s excited? MEEEEE.), I had to find a recipe that could feed many, shock most, and indulge everyone’s sweet tooth.

Enter the cake pop. A chocolate cake pop. Dipped in milk chocolate. Yes.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes (I’m including the cake baking time as well as freezing and chocolate dipping here)
Total Time: 85 minutes

Servings: 25-30


1 container of chocolate frosting
1 box of Duncan Hines Chocolate Cake Mix
2 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
11 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Additional Items:
Cupcake tin
Wooden spools


1. Prepare the cake according to the package directions; fill cupcake tins 3/4 full and bake at 350°F for 19-21 mins.

IMG_6708Photo by Lauren Reilly

2. Set cupcakes on the counter to cool; they should be cool to the touch before you begin working with them. (If you’re crunched for time, once the cupcakes are done, chill in freezer for 10-15 mins.)

3. When the cupcakes are cool, rip each cupcake into pieces, creating fine crumbs; put them in a separate bowl. You’ll need 4 cups’ worth. (The crumbs should resemble sand.)

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4. Add 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons frosting to your cake crumbs. Get ready to get your hands dirty. Smoosh (official term) the frosting and the cake together until there are no extra crumbs and you can handle the chocolate cake mass like you would handle cookie dough.

5. Roll ping-pong size cake bites onto a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil. When you’re done, pop them in the freezer for an additional 10 minutes.

IMG_6715Photo by Lauren Reilly

6. While the cake pops are firming up, melt an 11 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate on the stovetop on the lowest possible heat. (To avoid the chocolate from burning, use a double boiler or boil a pot of water and place a heatproof bowl with the chocolate in it.)

7. Take your cake pops from the freezer. Put one cake ball in the chocolate glaze and with two spoons, roll it around to make sure it’s fully coated. Pick up the cake ball (using said spoons) and drop it back on the aluminum foil. Repeat this for all of the cake balls.

Cake Pops 1Photo by Toby Patel

8. Pop them in the fridge until the chocolate becomes smooth to the touch. Then, push your wooden spools about 1/3 of the way into each cake pop. Enjoy!

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